By NED X. GRIFFEN
One final reminder — for those of you who live in The Valley or near it, there will a benefit dinner for legendary Ansonia coach Jack Hunt, who is battling cancer.
The dinner will be held at Ansonia's St. Sebastian Club Sunday. The menu includes ziti and meatballs, and a raffle will also be held.
Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 10. Contact Dorothy Gleason at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marcia Bilodeau at email@example.com.
Hunt, who played football at Ansonia, had one of the most successful coaching runs in state history. A year after the program finished 5-6, Hunt took over in 1987 and coached the team to the first of three consecutive Class S titles.
Hunt had a record of 193-26 from 1987-2005. His winning percentage of .881 is third all-time, according to the Connecticut High School Football Record Book. He also coached seven CIAC championship teams, third-best in state history.
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Brian and Kyle, The NVL Blog: Week 5 Wrap, and Midseason Report Card.
Sean Pat Bowley, Connecticut Post: That's a Wrap! Week 5.Bryant Carpenter, Meriden Record-Journal: Tuesday Morning QB: Week 6 eyes turn to the CCC.
Ray Curren, Post Chronicle: Inside the SCC football: Hand-Xavier showdown was certainly worthy of a running diary, and, SCC power rankings.
Pooch Diggity Dog, New Haven Register: FOOTBALL NOTES: Hand-Xavier lived up to big billing.
Mark Jaffee, Waterbury Republican American: What we learned: Week 5 edition Ansonia, Wolcott remain undefeated.
Norwich Bulletin, H.S. Football Notebook: Crowley giving Montville boost on special teams.
Tom Yantz, Hartford Courant: High School Football Fab 14.
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Matt Walsh ran for five touchdowns and was a force at middle linebacker Friday as top-ranked Hand of Madison routed No. 3 Xavier of Middletown, 40-20, snapping the latter's 30-game winning streak. … Saiheed Sanders ran nine times for 106 yards and three touchdowns as No. 2 Ansonia routed Seymour Thursday, 47-0. Sanders got the start as Arkeel Newsome (ankle) was held out. … Joey Zelkowitz ran 12 times for 125 yards and a touchdown as No. 3 Staples of Westport pounded Danbury Friday, 51-6. He was one of seven Wreckers who scored a touchdown.
Quinn Fleeting completed 5 of 10 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 55 yards and a score as No. 4 Windsor beat Simsbury Friday, 27-7. Terrell Huff added a touchdown catch and blocked two punts. … Thomas Milone ran seven times for 180 yards and five touchdowns and scored on a 75-yard catch to pace No. 6 Masuk of Monroe past New Fairfield Friday, 54-19. … Ervin Philips ran nine times for 145 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 53-yard catch and a 65-yard kickoff return as No. 7 West Haven raced past Amity of Woodbridge Friday, 47-24.
No. 8 Glastonbury was overly defensive against Maloney of Meriden Friday, holding the latter to 11 yards in a 48-7 win. Nick Karp scored on a 53-yard interception return and Zach Malsky added a safety. … Austin Longi scored on a 99-yard punt return for No. 9 Greenwich in Friday's 40-14 over Fairfield Ludlowe. After Longi's touchdown, Ludlowe's Dan Silvestri returned the kickoff for an 89-yard touchdown. … Justin Gombotz ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, threw a 65-yard touchdown and had two inceptions to lead No. 10 Berlin past Northwest Catholic of West Hartford Saturday, 27-12.
Brandan Basil completed 9-of-14 passes for 288 yards and six touchdown and ran for another as North Branford walloped Old Saybrook/Westbrook Friday, 70-39. Joe DeLucia ran three times for 37 yards and a touchdowns and had three catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns for the Thunderbirds while Chris Caron added three catches for 183 yards and three touchdowns. Also, Dale Hausman ran 14 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns for the Thunderbirds. … Mike Nicol ran 14 times for 245 yards and five touchdowns and completed 9 of 14 passes for 103 yards with a touchdown and interception as Wolcott hammered Wilby of Waterbury Friday, 53-6.
Montville's Jeremiah Crowley ran for 189 yards and two touchdowns and scored on kickoff returns of 87 and 77 yards in Friday's 40-13 win over Windham. … Chris Young ran six times for 178 yards and three touchdowns as Rocky Hill routed Plainville Friday, 42-7. ... Tyler Hassett threw for 233 yards and a touchdown and ran for 83 yards and two scores as Weston scored 20-unanswered points after halftime Friday to beat Bunnell of Stratford, 27-20.
Tim Maher ran for 128 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another as Law of Milford trounced East Haven Friday, 40-0. … Shelton's Mark Piccirillo completed 12 of 15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 94 yards and a score in Friday's 34-8 win over Notre Dame of West Haven. … Dillon McMahon threw a touchdown, scored on a 45-yard kickoff return, and ran for an 18-yard touchdown as Derby beat Watertown Friday, 47-19.
Marquis Little ran 11 times for 118 yards and three touchdowns and completed 12 of 16 passes for 159 yards and a score as Manchester trounced Hartford Public Friday, 48-0. … Anthony Scirpo scored on an 80-yard kickoff return, a 69-yard punt return, and a 10-yard catch as Woodland of Beacon Falls bounced St. Paul of Bristol Friday, 54-28. … Middletown had eight takeaways in Friday's 48-20 thrashing of Hall of West Hartford. Andrew Campbell was responsible for half of the Blue Dragons' takeaways.
Derrick Villard ran 13 times for 215 yards and three touchdowns, three catches for 47 yards and a touchdown, and scored on an 88-yard kickoff return as Cromwell crunched Nonnewaug of Woodbury Friday, 52-6. … Branford scored 34 points in the first 21 minutes of its 47-13 win over Sheehan of Wallingford Friday. Justin Blood ran for 116 yards and three touchdowns for the Hornets. … Justin Potts scored on runs of 5, 14 and 85 yards and a 70-yard punt return and 90-yard kickoff return to lead Platt of Meriden past Weaver of Hartford Friday, 47-6.
Kevin Jones ran 15 times for 89 yards and a touchdown, scored on a 90-yard kickoff return and threw a 23-yard touchdown to lead Hyde of New Haven past Valley Regional/Old Lyme Friday, 28-13. … Fairfield Prep held Cheshire to 137 yards in Friday's 39-6 romp. … Mick Pernell had 225 yards of total offense as Naugatuck bounced Torrington Friday, 54-20. Jason Bradley also passed for 235 yards and four touchdowns.
Bethel's Joe Piatnik scored on a 3-yard run in overtime and then threw a 2-point conversion to Cal Daniels to give his team a 34-27 homecoming win over New Milford Friday. ... Cooper Gold ran 16 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns and had five catches for 44 yards and a score to lead Newtown past Oxford Saturday, 47-21. … Trinity Catholic of Stamford had three 100-yard rushers in Saturday's 41-20 win over Stamford. Randy Polonia ran 13 times for 116 yards and five touchdowns, Sean Brown had 11 carries for 129 yards, and Shaquan Howsie ran 19 times for 115 yards. …
Neal Janiga had 67 yards and four touchdowns on just nine carries in Ellington/Somers 49-29 beating of Stafford/East Windsor Saturday. … Southington's Anthony Oliva recovered two fumbles and added an interception as Southington routed South Windsor Saturday, 48-0. … Avon's Colin Moore ran 23 times for 205 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 41-10 win over Gilbert/Northwestern Regional. Mitch Gauthier added two interceptions for the Falcons, who finished with eight takeaways.
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HATS OFF to Mark Jaffee. The Waterbury Republican-American scribe was officially inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday. It's well deserved.
Vaya con dios….